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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Maybe We're Looking At The GOP Wrong

The above article suggests that perhaps we have been thinking about the GOP all wrong.  We've been thinking about it as a dysfunctional political coalition that can no longer control its disparate factions.

In fact, judging from that article, I'd say the GOP is perhaps better understood as a cult.

We are now 33 years into the post-Reaganomics hellscape, in which ridiculous claims were made about an economic theory - cutting taxes on the wealthy will both "life all boats" and "pay for themselves" - that has simply been proven time and time and time again to be the biggest load of horse shit this side of a rodeo corral.

What we have seen since the 2010 Teanderthal takeover of several states has been a sharper relief picture of this failed theory.  If you would like to know what America might have looked like under President McCain and a GOP Congress, look at the states where the GOP controls the government.

What makes the GOP a cult is the fact that despite the overwhelming evidence against their theory, they continue to believe in it.  There simply appears to be no level of economic data, no crushing amount of evidence that can shake their belief in their voodoo economics.

And yet, despite the fact that the main agenda of this cult is cutting taxes on the rich and telling women what to do with their hoohahs, they are likely to gain seats in both Houses of Congress because we have a deeply stupid media talking to a deeply ignorant and apathetic electorate.

Your democracy, America.  Cherish it.

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